Hip-Deep Dispatches from the River of Life
by Jeff Hull
The Lyons Press, 2007.
In this collection of 16 essays, former fishing guide Jeff Hull writes about fishing, both literally and as a metaphor for life. Does he fish for material to write about, or does he write to support his fishing? The two are inextricably intertwined like a badly tangled line.
|Hull baits his prose with apt descriptions of the angler's temper: "The trout flicks away at the last second, but swirls beneath the fly, still looking up, its flanks lucid flashes of light in the spring water. 'Take it!' I hear in my head. 'Take it, take it, take it!'"||
hooks, though, are in the places Hull goes casting (Belize,
Patagonia, Montana, Tuamotus, Kansas) and they work their way into the
soft palate of the soul when he reveals barbs of racism and recalls his
brother's slow death and his own suicidal depression.